Cops Probe 'Horrific' London Murder of French Students

Brits jolted by brutal killings
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 4, 2008 5:32 AM CDT
Cops Probe 'Horrific' London Murder of French Students
This photo combo shows Laurent Bonomo, left, and Gabriel Ferez, right, who have been named as the two French students who were stabbed to death in a London flat that was then set on fire.    (AP Photo)

Scotland Yard detectives are investigating the "frenzied" murder of two French research students in their flat on a quiet London street, the BBC reports. The biochemistry students were tied up and stabbed a total of 243 times before being set alight. A man was seen running from the building after an explosion.

"I have never seen injuries like this throughout my career," said a chief inspector said. "it was a frenzied, horrible, horrific attack. I imagine it would take some considerable amount of time to inflict the nature of the injuries." Investigators think there may be a link between the killings and the theft of a laptop computer from the flat six days earlier. (Read more murder stories.)

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